People have been shaking hands for thousands of years, but an attempt by two college basketball coaches to make up after a disagreement ended with them being ejected from a game.
Tulsa’s Frank Haith, the former Mizzou coach, and Connecticut’s Dan Hurley had both received a technical foul during Wednesday’s game after exchanging words.
Hurley then walked toward Haith with the hopes of shaking hands. Instead, the official gave them both a technical foul and they were ejected.
Officials told the Tulsa World the second technical was because the two had left the coaches’ box.
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“I’ve never seen anything like that,” Hurley told The Associated Press. “It was surreal, I would say. ... Watch what happened on TV. It’s very clear. I was talking to the official, and then I was engaged by someone on the other sideline. They said my name, in my direction, so I turned and looked (with) kind of a look of surprise.
“I’ve known Frank for a very long time — probably 15, 18, 20 years, back to when I was a high school coach and he recruited my players. I feel as though that situation escalated because of the officials and the way they handled the situation.”
Haith told the Tulsa World: “It was competitive banter. Both coaches are competitors, and I think both coaches were trying to help their team. I think it started out like that. I don’t think it escalated to both of us being ejected, and that’s disappointing.”
Here is the shorter version of the handshake gone awry:
And this is a longer look at it: